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Hurricanes: Make a Kit

No matter where you ride out the storm, you need a personal preparedness kit with adequate food, water, medications and first aid supplies to last a minimum of three days. Plan to be self-sufficient as flooding and downed power lines may make traveling difficult and stores may be short on supplies.

Make sure you have at least the following in your kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day for drinking and cooking; more for hygiene
  • Non-perishable foods that don’t require cooking or refrigeration and use little water to prepare
  • Manual can opener and disposable utensils, napkins, cups and plates
  • A flashlight for everyone in your ride-out group; candles should be avoided
  • Battery-operated or hand-crank radio
  • Extra batteries to fit flashlights, pagers, radios, etc.
  • Vehicle mobile phone charger, a hand-crank mobile phone charger, or a back-up mobile phone battery
  • Telephone with a cord
  • Important documents such as passports, wills, and insurance policies in a waterproof bag
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medicines, spare eyeglasses and hearing aids with extra batteries (if needed)
  • Toiletries that will last up to two weeks
  • Protective, comfortable clothing, including at least two pairs of shoes

If you have pets, prepare a pet kit with

  • Veterinary records
  • Toys
  • Leash
  • Current photo of pet
  • Enough food, water and medicine to last five days

For more information, please see the Hurricane Preparedness Booklet (pdf).


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